I think we can all agree that John Cominsky is destined for greatness and we should just go ahead and prepare his bust for Canton.
Ok, now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about what the intriguing rookie showed us last night and what he’s done in camp thus far, because that is definitely worth talking about. In case you aren’t familiar with the fourth round draft pick out of the University of Charleston, Eric did a good scouting report on him here. The TLDR is this: he’s got incredible athletic ability, is very raw and he only competed against Division II talent. Oh, and he has a work ethic that would make John Gruden burst into tears of joy. He’s exactly the kind of pick you’d expect Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff to make.
That said, yes, it is way too early to begin crowning Cominsky another mid round gem, article title not withstanding. His performance in the Hall of Fame game was against a bunch of guys who will likely not be on an NFL field in mid-September. But it was encouraging. Beating lesser talent is step one for his journey, and he showed that he can do just that on Thursday night.
It’s also worth noting that Dan Quinn has highlighted Cominsky repeatedly in camp as someone who is impressing him. The coaches love his play style and all-out motor on every snap. Those traits are not guaranteed to make him a future All-Pro, but he’s at least doing everything he can to make the most of his opportunity. He has a long ways to go, but he’s doing everything right thus far.
The reality is that Falcons fans are desperate to see another pass rusher work out. Vic Beasley has been a massive disappointment and we’re still hoping Takk McKinley can turn the corner this season. Apart from Grady Jarrett, there’s been little else to be excited about. Cominsky is the embodiment of fans desperately wanting the team to develop a good pass rusher.
It’s just one game. Against a bunch of guys who won’t likely be in the NFL two months from now, but the early signs are promising. If Cominsky can continue to build on these performances in the preseason and training camp, the Falcons may end up with another mid-round hit.